Yoga Jesus Pose

Kundalini Yoga Jesus Pose for Inner Strength & Sacrifice

Kundalini Yoga Pose for Inner Strength

Yoga Exercise for Compassion and Willpower

Before I get into this wonderful Kundalini Yoga pose I would like to encourage you all to participate in the most interesting survey on enlightenment that I am currently running on Mastery of Meditation & Yoga.  Here is the link to this survey, please do take a moment and give your input: “Survey: How Many Enlightenment Experiences Have You Had?”  Now onto the yoga pose which captures the very essence of sacrifice and compassion, while at the same time building inner strength and willpower.

A core concept in all religions, which is also very much a part of Kundalini Yoga, is the idea other mindedness.  This simple, yet invaluable idea, is simply that we ought to not just live for ourselves, but also ought to find ways to have the strength and energy to help others.  Well, the following Kundalini Yoga pose makes it possible for you to integrate this beautiful concept right into your yoga practice.

Yoga Jesus Pose

I call this pose, the Jesus Pose, in honor of one of the greatest examples of inner strength and self-sacrifice that humanity has ever known.  We all know the wonderful benefits of yoga practice, but by incorporating this exercise into your practice, you can take it to another level by making the practice not just for yourself, but also for others.  In addition to cultivating this attitude of other mindedness, this pose is also great for increasing your inner strength and willpower.

I tend to add this exercise to the end of my set, specially anytime I am doing a Heart Chakra Set, but you can add it to other sets as well.  If you are a Kundalini Yoga teacher, I find the students really willing to do this pose for longer periods of time despite discomfort it produces.  The motivating statement I use is along the lines of the following,

“Are you willing to carry the load for others who are unable or unwilling to carry their own load?”  From the response I see, the answer always seems to be a resounding “YES!”

This yoga pose in the seventeenth entry in the Free Online Kundalini Yoga Poses E-book.  As our collection of Kundalini Yoga poses grows you will be able to use these exercises to create your own customized yoga sets.  To do so you can use the guidelines laid you in the following article: 6 Important Guidelines for Designing Kundalini Yoga Sets.

Kundalini Yoga Pose for Inner Strength & Sacrifice

Illustration #1: Kundalini Yoga Jesus Pose  


Illustration #2: Kundalini Yoga Jesus Pose (Side View)


Kundalini Yoga Jesus Pose for Inner Strength & Sacrifice:

a. Instructions for practicing Jesus Pose for Inner Strength & Sacrifice:

  • You can do this pose, sitting on your heels in Rock Pose, sitting cross legged in Sukh Asan, sitting on a chair or while standing.  Generally I do it in Rock Pose sitting on my heels, with my back straight (as shown in the pose illustrations above).
  • Bring your hands straight out to the sides with palms facing up.  The arms should be shoulder level and parallel to the ground.  Throw you head back and close your eyes.
  • Begin Breath of Fire, at a pace and intensity which is comfortable for you.
  • Hold past the point of discomfort.  Remember you are doing this exercise to help burn the Karmic Debt of others and not just for yourself.  Keep that in mind as the pain tries to get you to quit.

b. Duration for Jesus Pose for Inner Strength & Sacrifice:

  • 1 minute – 11 minutes.  Generally add this exercise to the end of a set and do it such that you have to at least bear some discomfort (see tips below for more on this as well).

c. Benefits of Jesus Pose for Inner Strength & Sacrifice:

  • Helps burn the Karmic Debt of others.
  • Builds your inner strength and willpower.
  • Opens your Heart Chakra and makes you compassionate.
  • Helps you develop the ability to sacrifice and be thoughtful of others.

d. Practice Tips for Jesus Pose for Inner Strength & Sacrifice:

  • Don’t give up on the first sign of discomfort.  If you can get through that phase, you will find your energy systems opening up and the exercise getting EASIER to sustain.
  • If you are teacher, remind the students of the sacrifice they are making here, this motivates and inspires them to hold on a little longer than they normally would.
  • Add this exercise to the end of a set and take your kundalini yoga practice up to a higher level.

Online Kundalini Yoga Kriyas Using Jesus Pose:

  1. Heart Center Opening & Balancing Set  (Jesus pose is perfect to add to the end of this set).

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11 replies
  1. Diane
    Diane says:

    Good Morning Anmol. I have been practicing daily for more than a month thanks to this site. I can not tell you enough how much I am loving my mornings now. I do have a question though. For the past 3 mornings I have been doing the Daily Morning Practice as well as the Jesus Pose and the Criss Cross. Each day I start to feel nauseous directly after the Jesus pose to the point where I have to lay down. I also feel exhausted for about an hour after. I am only holding the pose for 45 seconds and trying to work up to 1 minute. Also, I would like to add Sodharshan Chakra Kriya to my routine and am wondering if it should be at the end or if it matters. Thanks for the input as well as this wonderful site.


  2. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hi Vikram/Loribeth,

    Your great questions demand more than a quick comment to address, so I will certainly plan to put together a more thorough treatment of this intriguing topic ,but here are some answers in brief.

    According to Yoga Philosophy….

    1. We are all working through past Karma. Which is to say, we are working through debts from the past. Paying some off, while collecting on others.

    2. These debts can either be settled though actions via lives, or can be settled via the practice of yoga, in which we burn up the “karma” through our spiritual work.

    3. Kundalini Yoga specifically indicates that Karmic Debt can be more easily burned up though work in the shoulder region.

    4. Via our intention we can absord and clear Karmic debt of others.

    I hope the above points help shed some light on this interesting topic, which, as I mentioned, I will try to address in greater detail via an article in the near future.

    Thanks so much for participating in the discussions.


  3. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hi Kavya,

    My best advise it to jump in and diligently do the set without worrying about the results and weight loss will follow. The key is to be consistent. Do it for a month and see the difference.


  4. loribeth
    loribeth says:

    could you explain more in detail as to what is KARMIC DEBT – DOES EVERYONE have karmic debt?

    thank you very much


  5. vikram
    vikram says:

    Dear Anmol,

    how come we know that our karmik debts of others and ours have been settled or adjusted simply by doing this excercise.. is there any way to know – what could be the symptoms or signs which points that we are on the right track?? i have quoted your words below:

    “Remember you are doing this exercise to help burn the Karmic Debt of others and not just for yourself.”

    awaiting your expert comments
    with keen interest!!

    warm regards,

    mumbai / India

    • Michelle Miha
      Michelle Miha says:

      You will never know because it’s not true. Make Jesus Crist your Lord and Saviour and repent of your sins; and you will be forgiven and have eternal life. This karma stuff is designed to keep you in bondage. Jesus will set you free. We were created by a loving personal God that you have direct access to. Not some impersonal force that requires you to work off your debt.


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